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Villagers take action

Luisa Qiolevu
Wednesday, February 07, 2018

VILLAGERS of the chiefly village of Nasekula in Labasa have drawn up plans to dump their rubbish the proper way.

Despite not being included in the town council's schedule of rubbish collection, these villagers have not been discouraged over the past years.

Village headman Tevita Rokoqaso said the first initiative included pits for villagers to dump their rubbish in.

"We have our own ways of dumping rubbish, which is much easier and safer too," he said.

Mr Rokoqaso said they found open pits to be the best way to dispose empty bottles and cans.

"We only dispose empty bottles and cans into the open pit, while we burn papers and plastic bags and the kitchen waste are kept to feed the pigs," he said.

"We started doing this last year and so far we have around 10 open pits in the village and one open pit is shared among three families."

Mr Rokoqaso said a similar system of rubbish disposal was done at the other four settlements of Nailawa, Wasavulu, Nacula and Naqai, which were under Nasekula Village.

"We have always kept encouraging our villagers to dispose their rubbish in a proper place because it is not only keeping the village clean, but a reminder to them that cleanliness is next to godliness," he said.

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